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May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

I have worked with many international development organisations and the results and impact achieved by RAIN is the best I've seen, A clear focus on community ownership, and respect and participation by RAIN for the Tuareg people especially the women is the future for programs trying to address the poor.

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i have met and talked to staff and beneficiaries over past 5 years and have heard first hand some of the wonderful stories

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the profile and tell the story to more people p

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the beneficiaries

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, intelligent and results orientated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand

Ways to make it better...

...very good - hard to improve

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

keep going

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

I joined the Board of RAIN in 2009 and have been very impressed with the organization. RAIN is very lean and is able to provide many direct services with low overhead. The dedication of Bess Palmisciano is truly inspiring. Bess has forged unique bonds with the nomadic people of Niger, their leaders trust her and look to her for help with their needs. Niger is a very under-served country and RAIN fills many gaps in education, water security, artisan cooperatives, and mentoring for girls. I feel very lucky to be able to be involved with such a focused, effective organization.

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I've worked with the Board for almost a year and have heard the testimonies of people personally touched by RAIN, women who mentor girls, girls who are now getting an education, etc.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

Having know RAIN's Founder, Bess Palmisciano, for more than 30 years, I am most confident in reviewing RAIN. RAIN is a worthy non-profit for the following reasons: INTEGRITY & transparency of use of funds: The money gets to the people through food, education and work mentoring programs to improve the economics of the people. Committment to HELPING OTHERS HELP THEMSELVES: The goal is for the recipients of RAIN's assistance to become self-sustaining. Assistance to a community WITHOUT ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THE CULTURE: No one is looking for converts here. Respecting the native culture of those they are trying to help is a critical part of RAIN's program. RAIN volunteers and programs work WITH the existing culture not against it. PURITY Oof SPIRIT: RAIN was created to help Nomads in the Sahel and Sahara regions, the poorest on the planet,feed themselves and educate their children in hopes of expanding the opportunities for future generations. It all began when Bess fell in love. Founder, Bess Palmisciano, along with friends and family, hired a guide to take them through the Sahel and Sahara. She wasn't setting out to change the world but to simply explore a land and its people. Experiencing first hand how the Tourags of Niger lived simply within a coopertaive, kind, peaceful culture, Bess fell in love with that culture. When she realized that educational assistance from the Nigerian govt. was all but negligible, Bess realized that she could help. By raising funds for seeds....really, seeds...to grow vegetable gardens and use these gardens to feed the school children or sell to pay for books, RAIN was born. Today, RAIN is one of, if not the only, NGO in the region with simple programs to help these people solve their own problems: hunger, education and economy. Thank you for taking the time to review why RAIN is a worthy non-profit. In a time when there ae so many organizations looking for assisatance, I hope you are now most comfortable with participating in RAIN and helping a people in the poorest part of the world help themselves to a less dependent and more vibrant future.

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I saw the initial stages of dining room table mailings, calling on friends to donate, etc. When Bess first approached Paul Newman for a Newman's Own grant, the passion for others was expanded and RAIN's "legitamcy" in the non-profit world was born.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 9, 2010

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May 9, 2010

RAIN works to help publicize preserve the Culture of the Tuareg in Niger. If it were not for this organization I would never have heard of the Tuareg nor would Ihave come to appreciate and understand anything of their art and culture. RAIN has been instrumental in helping the Tuareg to become self sufficient. The organiation has built schools, assisted communities with improved irrigation and farming tech niques. and has also implemented a health and AIDS education program. They do what they do very well with very limited resources.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

The RAIN organization is particularly attractive to me because of it's intimate, direct approach to the challenges of the Tuarag people in Niger. Each project is developed withing a small community of Tuarag peoples with the goal that within a few years the program will be self sustaining and RAIN can move on to the next project. Rain begins by investing money and resources to help the locals build a school, start a garden, and develop a mentoring program. This initial investments grows to not only provide small business opportunities for the adults, but also provides food and education stability within the community. I'm proud to be part of this effort.

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We are entering into a new era of greater outreach, better use of the internet which allows us to raise the bar on what we can achieve within any given year.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

RAIN is a very unique organization, in that it's able to reach very remote areas where other NGO's are unable to. Just in the last six months, their expansion of ten school market gardens, as well as their emergency food aid campaign during the recent droughts has impressed me with their quick responsiveness and concrete results. I've also assisted in selling handmade items from the women's artisan cooperatives, and without exception, people are touched to learn exactly who made the item they are purchasing and how 100% of their purchase is going to that artisan and to the community school.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The directness from the donor to the partner communities. Aid is personal and immediate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I feel if given the resources, RAIN could eventually restructure how nomadic communities come together and thrive in the vast desert.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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